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Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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In brief: Patent solicitors become 'Intellectual'

The Patent Solicitors’ Association, set up in 1982, has changed its name to the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. The change has been made to reflect the widening of the association’s scope and focus from purely patent litigation to all aspects of industrially-based intellectual property law. Further information from secretary Nicholas Macfarlane, at Lovell White Durrant, […]

In brief: Mining group wins coal bill amendments

The Mining and Mineral Law Group had considerable success in obtaining amendments to the Coal Industry Bill on ongoing liabilities for subsidence and industrial disease and injury, members heard at their first annual general meeting. They were also told that the Law Society was not yet ready to recognise them as a special interest group […]

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Tolley's buy-out

Accountants Ernst & Young has bought Tolley’s Tax-Link electronic database. The database contains six years’ of legislation for the major direct taxes, plus VAT, in addition to relevant statutory material.

Business growth good news for lawyers

LAW firms are set to benefit from a year of business expansion which will see companies pushing more work their way, according to a survey of UK companies. But the 1995 Manches Corporate Survey shows companies are more discerning about which solicitors to hire, and that they are considering taking on more in-house lawyers. “There […]

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